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Prep Charter vs Archbishop Wood



Date Time League Season
September 18, 2015 7:00 pm Catholic League 2015


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WARMINSTER – When you’re the two-time defending PIAA-AAA state champions, you don’t always have to be your sharpest on offense at the start to go home with a dominating win.

It’s good to be Archbishop Wood.

“I thought we did some good things out there,” Wood head coach Steve Devlin said. “We gotta get better in a lot of aspects. But we’re a young team, we’re learning to play the right way, play together.”

When the first quarter ended Wood found themselves up just 7-0, but a 28-point second quarter put the game to bed en route to a 49-8 victory.

The Vikings scored four touchdowns in the final 6:45 of the first half, behind three Anthony Russo passing TDs and a Shawn Thompson score on the ground. Mark Webb and Raheem Blackshear each hauled in a score from the Rutgers-bound QB, and the first half finished with a bang as Mike Devlin brought in a 1-handed touchdown in the back corner of the end zone with 11 seconds to go in the half.

Blackshear was the offensive star for Archbishop Wood, picking up 68 yards on the ground and adding 90 in the receiving game.

“He’s a back that we can do a lot of different things [with],” Devlin said. “We can hand him the ball, we can line him up in the slot…we had to put him in a lot of different spots and we’ll be a better team because of it.”

“It was a great night, me coming out,” Blackshear added. “Ant Russo being as good as he is; we started off slow but he jumped back on his horse. It was a great night”

Despite the slow start, Archbishop Wood was simply given too many chances to pass on in the first half. The ball was never spotted in Wood territory during the first 24 minutes, as the Vikings started their five scoring drives on the Prep Charter 32, 25, 38, 35, and 47. A sixth drive of the first half started on the Prep 27, but was quickly halted when Prep’s Kareem Dennis intercepted Russo.

The defense was also solid for Wood. The Vikings recorded three sacks in the first half (two in the first quarter); from Anthony Diodato, Mack Schwartz, and Matt Palmer. Thanks in part to those sacks, which included a fourth by Pat Carroll in the second half, Prep Charter had -16 yards passing as a team for the game.

The three-time state champions also forced a fumble on the first drive of the game, which was recovered by Gianni Cruel. That set up the first score of the game in the form of Thompson’s first rushing TD of the game.

In the second half Wood decided to establish dominance on the ground and finish out the game. Despite a running clock, the Vikings still found the end zone twice on touchdowns by Blackshear and Eric Bauer. Wood rushed for 123 yards as a team in the second half and 176 for the game.

The lone score for Prep Charter came on their final drive of the game, which started at Wood’s 30 thanks to a nice return of a kickoff. Huskies’ quarterback Peter Gaye punched in a 1-yard touchdown run, and an Anthony Thomas 2-point conversion finished off the game’s scoring at 49-8.

Running back Quadir Strothers was the offensive standout for Prep, gaining 40 yards total (32 on the ground). The Huskies ended with just 58 total yards.

“[Prep Charter is] a very good team with a lot of good athletes,” Devlin said. “They’re very well coached. I respect [Prep coach] Dave [Hand] more than most people around.”

Wood will look to continue their dominating play against West Catholic Thursday, September 24 at 5 pm. The game will be played at Northeast Public High School.

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Prep Charter

Player Position Comp Att Yds TD Int. Rush Att. Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec. TD Sacks Def. Int XPM XPA FGM FGA Longest
Quadir StrothersWide receiver, Running Back00000123203800000000
Peter GayeQuarterback, Running back, Wide Receiver4980082910000000000
Edward SaydeeWide Receiver0000041300000000000
Kareem DennisWide receiver, Corner Back000000001000100000
Marcus BryantDefensive end000000000001000000
Total 49800247414801100000

Archbishop Wood

Player Position Comp Att Yds TD Int. Rush Att. Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec. TD Sacks Def. Int XPM XPA FGM FGA Longest
Anthony RussoQuarterback1014146310000000000000
Raheem BlackshearRunning back, Wide receiver00000768159010000000
Shawn ThompsonRunning back, Wide receiver00000116021700000000
Qualik DavisRunning back0000052400000000000
Mike DevlinWide receiver0000000022910000000
Nasir PeoplesRunning back0000031900000000000
James GillespieWide receiver000000001800000000
Mark WebbWide receiver0000000011210000000
Eric BauerRunning back000001210000000000
Leroy PendletonRunning back000002300000000000
Mack SchwartzDefensive end000000000001000000
Matt PalmerDefensive end000000000001000000
Anthony DiodatoDefensive end000000000001000000
Pat CarrollDefensive end000000000001000000
Dan ZanineKicker000000000000066000
Mike LogenhagenKicker000000000000011000
Total 1014146312917641014634077000


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